Hi, I have either 4 or 5 (I have short term memory problems due to the amount of painkillers I am on at the minute) damaged discs in my cervical spine and 3 or 4 in my lumber spine and because it's so widespread there's not much that can done and even if the surgeon did operate he didn't think it would help.
A little bit of history - I've had chronic neck pain for 24 yrs since a head on car collision where I was a rear seat passenger. I've ALWAYS been told it's muscular pain but I've ALWAYS said it's more than that but the docs knew better.
Over the years it's got progressively worse such that I'm never without pain, not one single second of the day do I not have pain and I now have constant nerve pain in my left arm and numbness/tingling in my hand. I then started to have sporadic lower back pain (it started about 2000) but it also got progressively worse with painful sporadic sciatica to now the most severe sciatica I've had with intense lower back pain also.
I saw an orthopedic surgeon last week who said after examining me that I definitely had cervical and lumber problems and my pain was not muscular but muscular-skeletal and he said I would probably need and operation on my lumber back but he was unsure what could be done about my neck because the problem has been there for such a long time. He sent me for 2 MRI scans (cervical and lumber spine) and I had the results yesterday - NOT GOOD!!!
Basically the damage is more widespread than he initially thought and that he couldn't operate on me. I have either 4 or 5 (I have short term memory problems due to the amount of painkillers I am on at the minute) damaged discs in my cervical spine and 3 or 4 in my lumber spine and because it's so widespread there's not much he can do and even if he did operate he didn't think it would help.
He's referring me to his colleague a consultant anesthetist to look at options for me, e.g. epidural injections and nerve root injections/treatment. For me this is devastating because I can't cope with the pain anymore. After 24 yrs I'm exhausted and I really thought it could be fixed since they knew it wasn't muscular anymore and I would be pain free, or as good as.
Apologies about the emotional offload!
My question is - Can multiple herniated discs be operated on given the number of them and where they are and considering how long it's been a problem?
Any advice or help or information would be gratefully welcomed.
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